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    Best powder for 243

    Looking specifically for loads with the Barnes TSX and TTSX bullets in the 243. Also any load info on the new 90gr Nosler Etip for 243. Looking for best accuracy, before velocity.

    I realize every rifle is different, but there should be a fairly common powder, I hope.

    Thanks

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    Re: Best powder for 243

    ...I only use the Nosler 90gr BT's..they work real good for me..42.7grs of H4350 Win. brs. CCI prs...how about ..

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    Re: Best powder for 243

    Thanks, but I am really ONLY after the Barnes bullet loads. That's all I can hunt here with so the other bullets are useless for me.

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    Re: Best powder for 243

    90 gr area bullets I found 4350 works good.
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    Re: Best powder for 243

    Quote Originally Posted by handirifle
    Also any load info on the new 90gr Nosler Etip for 243. Looking for best accuracy, before velocity.

    I realize every rifle is different, but there should be a fairly common powder, I hope.

    Thanks
    ...Did I miss something..Bullets are bullets when you get the seating depth set...

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    Re: Best powder for 243

    varget hands down

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    Re: Best powder for 243

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Shot
    Quote Originally Posted by handirifle
    Also any load info on the new 90gr Nosler Etip for 243. Looking for best accuracy, before velocity.

    I realize every rifle is different, but there should be a fairly common powder, I hope.

    Thanks
    ...Did I miss something..Bullets are bullets when you get the seating depth set...
    Not really, I have often seen rifles that would not shoot a particular bullet, no matter where it was seated. Manufacturers might vary dia of the same weight bullets by .001 or .002. One brand might be .001 over and another might be .001 under nominal dia. This can and does wreck havock on accuracy. Some powders cause bullets to react (ie bump up) differently. Some bullets are softer construction, and might bump to land dia quicker. Barnes TSX bullets usually fair poorly on light loads. They tend to be hard bullets and require a fairly hot load to bump into the grooves properly. Whereas a lead core varmint or fast expanding bullet, like ballistic tips, might bump up fairly easily, and will be accurate over a wider range of powder charges.

    I have been reloading for the 243 (and a host of other calibers as well) since 1973, but only recently with the non lead offerings, and am trying to save as much powder/primers as possible on crappy loads.

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    I've recently been loading 85 gr. Sierra bullets with Reloder 17 and have been very impressed. I believe that it is a similiar burn rate to 4350. I was so happy, I bought a 5lb jug.

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    I have used a lot of h4350 90-105 grain bullets with very good results in 4 different rifles. recently I have been working up loads using rl-22 so far it looks as good as h4350 if not a little better.

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    The 85gr TSX: I've had good luck with H4831 (sc) and Hunter just short of max loads as recommended by Barnes. Max loads are 45.0 and 46.5 respectively.

    The 80gr TTSX is tough to beat with the H4350. It is very consistant. I'd start at 43.0 and go to as much as 45.5, the max.

    Both of these are for a 24 inch barrels but my 22 incher loves the H4350 too.

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    Re: Best powder for 243

    I use IMR 4350 for all my .243 loads!
    It's better to shoot for the moon and hit the fencepost than to shoot for the fencepost and hit the ground!

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    I have a couple of hunting rifles that won't shoot Barnes bullets at all. No matter what powder I throw at them, and what seating depth I use. I sure am glad I'm not forced to use non-lead bullets (like you apparently are). I feel your pain.

    The rifles that DO like the Barnes bullets seem to like slow powders loaded to MAX pressures the best. I won't buy the Barnes bullets myself, so as to save more of them for those of you poor folks that have to use them...


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    Re: Best powder for 243

    I switched from 4350 to 4064, slower and more accurate in both my .243 barrels, 12fv and sporter, and seemed to preform well with bullets from 70 grain to 100 grain in medium charges. However, rarely shoot over 200 yards.

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    I&#39;m sure there is a 400 to 600 yd load

    and

    a load for up to 200yds!!!

    Let see what replies we get!

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